This introductory chapter discusses the theme of this volume which is about the depiction of the London Underground in the works of several English authors. This volume examines the relevant works of George Gissing, H. G. Wells, Virginia Woolf and George Orwell and discusses the myth surrounding the Tube that can be found in cultural deposits. It also argues that underground writing and reading has made the Tube a ‘knowable community’ because every generation of Tube users is materially rooted in certain locations whether they be stations or lines and came to identify with them in certain ways.
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